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Authorities have considered revoking carbon tax deductions on diesel used on farms, government documents have revealed, warning that the case for its continuation “was not strong”. The issue was among several highlighted in a series of pre-budget briefing papers released yesterday outlining proposed changes to taxation in Ireland. Among them, the government has been asked …

THE head of the Royal Black Institution sent a message of defiance to the British government on Saturday, warning that Northern Ireland “is not for sale”. In an address to members of the order, the Sovereign Grand Master, Reverend William Anderson, also said their British citizenship had been “seriously eroded” by the Northern Ireland Protocol. …

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One lab’s choices to reduce waste generation and energy consumption — such as switching from plastic to reusable glassware — have saved thousands of dollars.Credit: Jane Kilcoyne It all started in 2019, with a simple switch from 200 milliliter plastic containers to compostable containers. But over the next year, chemical researcher Jane Kilcoyne and her …

The UK languishes near the bottom of a ranking of European countries for measures taken to ease the burden of high fuel prices. The UK government is 12th out of 13 European countries to have cut petrol taxes since prices started to soar in March, according to the RAC. However, 15 other European governments have …

Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Figures released this morning by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization show there were 998 bedless patients in July at Galway University Hospital, making it the third most overcrowded country / Only University Hospital Limerick and University Hospital Cork had more with 1,268 in Limerick and 1,000 in Cork. St …

It’s been just over 100 years since the first combustion tractor engine rolled through an Irish field. Over the past 100 years, our great agri-food sector has become a center of technology, research and continuous development. Even Henry Ford, whose roots can be traced back to a West Cork farm and who developed the truly …

Ireland has asked the EU to give the country’s grass-fed beef similar protection to champagne and Parma ham. Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue has told Cabinet of a deal his department and Bord Bia have struck with their counterparts in the North and Britain which could see beef raised and fed in Ireland given the Protected …

The collapse last week of Italy’s government under Mario Draghi created the potential for the country’s first far-right leader since Benito Mussolini. Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy), a neo-conservative and right-wing populist party led by Giorgia Meloni, has its roots in Mussolini’s Fascist National Party and its post-war successor, the Italian Social Movement. In recent …

In the aftermath of Ireland’s hottest day in over 130 years this week, small family groups made their way through Allen’s bog in the country’s Midlands to collect sun-dried grass. The peat briquettes, which are licorice black when cut into the ground, had turned a toasty brown in the high temperatures of July and were …

Photo by Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Image Following the EU’s decision to take further legal action against the UK, this article has been updated to reflect the most recent developments regarding the Northern Ireland Protocol. The answer begins in 1921, when 26 of Ireland’s 32 counties gained independence from the UK. Since then, the UK …

The government recorded a surplus of 300 million euros in the first three months of the year, down from the surplus of 4.1 billion euros recorded in the last quarter of 2021. Despite the decline, the figures for the first quarter of 2022 show a marked improvement compared to the same quarter of last year, …

Donegal poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin presents Women and the State: Writing Irish History, an event at this year’s Earagail Arts Festival that “looks back and forward in time, through the lens of changing societal attitudes and beliefs, to explore questions of identity, place and community “. Where does the desire to write come from? What …

When Michael Carroll’s two-year-old granddaughter took his hand to guide him to her own home in Cork, he realized his failing eyesight was affecting everyone in the family. Realizing this and not wanting to wait on a list for years, he traveled to a Spanish hospital near Alicante where he underwent cataract surgery a few …

Bank of Ireland has warned it has seen a 50% increase in detections of so-called ‘smishing’ cases since a new tactic was introduced by fraudsters seeking to access customer funds via Apple or Google Pay. The scam involves fraudsters sending fake text messages to people who appear to be from a delivery company, An Post …

The government won a vote on a motion of confidence in the Dáil by a comfortable majority of 85 votes to 66 after gaining the support of some MPs and independent MPs who lost the coalition party whips. Sinn Féin tabled a motion of no confidence in the Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael-Greens administration on Tuesday. However, …

Today was the hottest day of 2022 so far, with temperatures nearing 26C recorded at weather stations across the country. A temperature of 25.9 degrees was recorded at the Met Éireann weather station at Shannon Airport in Co Clare this afternoon. At another weather station in Athenry, Galway recorded a reading of 25.8 degrees. Air …

It was a week that brought warnings about the need for good government, if you knew where to look. The Coalition’s most comfortable and cohesive double act, that between Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and Public Spending Minister Michael McGrath, kicked off Monday with their summer economic statement, and with it some intense months of negotiations …

First-time buyers who cannot afford to buy newly built houses or apartments can from today apply for the government’s €400 million share capital scheme. Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien is due to announce the First Home program on Thursday, which the Coalition says will fund up to 8,000 homes over four years. The scheme will be …

Published: Tue, Jul 5, 2022, 10:26 AM Last update: Tue, Jul 5, 2022, 10:28 AM SIPTU members of the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) will today go on a 24-hour work stoppage following the government’s refusal to discuss with their union their need for a pay rise for the first time in 14 year. SIPTU members …

The backdrop for Monday’s release of the government’s Summer Economic Statement is provided by rapidly changing borrowing costs. The price of longer-term public fundraising has jumped about two percentage points since the start of the year and could rise further. Financial markets have been anticipating changes in short-term interest rates from the European Central Bank …

A pensioner is growing increasingly worried about rising bills and thinks it’s time the government stepped in to make sure older people don’t feel the brunt of inflation. ill Rothwell (89), from Drimnagh, Dublin, is a widower, grandfather of six and great-grandfather of two and, like all pensioners, has noticed his rising shopping bills and …

There probably won’t be a cake for Micheál Martin to celebrate his two years as Taoiseach – the Corkman is notoriously vigilant about his diet – but the fact that the tripartite government is still standing may be reason why d others give themselves up. While many have erased 2020 from their memories, it is …

THE Government must tackle homelessness with the same urgency as it did the Covid pandemic – as Sinn Fein says Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien’s position has become ‘untenable’. Homeless charities are calling for urgent action as new figures show there are 10,325 homeless people. 2 The number of homeless people has increased for five consecutive …

Thousands of farmers drove their tractors along major roads across the Netherlands, rumbling through morning traffic as they headed for a mass protest against Dutch government plans to limit carbon dioxide emissions. nitrogen and ammonia. The national infrastructure authority has urged motorists to delay their journeys as slow-moving tractor convoys defied calls not to use …

The three Coalition leaders will meet Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath on Monday evening ahead of far-reaching decisions on fiscal strategy, public sector wage negotiations and the government’s continued response to the rise. of the cost of living. Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan …

Up to 40 Russian spies are working undercover in Ireland, we have learned. Senior security sources told the Mirror that the intelligence services now have dozens of men and women working for them here – gathering information to pass on to Moscow. “Their intelligence operation here is very important,” a source said last night – …

Hello. If Brexit is the story that will rumble endlessly, and landmines like the mica controversy and President Higgins’ protests will blow up from time to time, then the cost of living is the issue that won’t let the government only. Further evidence from last night’s parliamentary party meetings, where government TDs were moderately agitated …

The heartbroken mother of an Irishman, who disappeared from a mountain park in America a year ago, fears her son is dead. Grainne McLaughlin’s 27-year-old son, Cian, from Dublin, went missing from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming last year on June 8. She revealed her worst fears for her son – exactly a year …

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At around 4:25 a.m. last Monday, as crowds thronged Dublin Airport like a crowd outside Croke Park on the last All-Ireland day, I exchanged bleary-eyed greetings with a TD of Sinn Féin. “Of course, everything will be different when you’re in government,” I joked. The expression that crossed his face was not one of serene …

Hundreds of schools under pressure due to the education of children fleeing the war in Ukraine have asked for government help to respond to the crisis. In communications between the schools and the Department for Education, published in The Irish Times, the scale of the impact felt is highlighted, with one school highlighting the fact …

POLITICAL stability has long been cited as one of the main considerations for foreign direct investors. Well known for its skill level, low cost of operation and position as a global competitor in emerging technologies, there is no doubt that Northern Ireland is considered by such investors. And this is certainly the case within fintech. …

The expenditure intervention will offset 82% of increased energy costs, and more than 90% for the poorest families. This will likely spur our government’s demand to review its own aid program before the end of the summer. This is probably in the context of the Republic’s energy policy, given the requirements to achieve net zero …

Sharp divisions have emerged between government and opposition over the attendance of eight TDs and government senators at the Punchestown races last month as guests of the Irish Bookmakers Association. Main opposition Sinn Féin said their participation was “deeply concerning” and suggested a dysfunctional relationship between the gambling industry and the politicians tasked with regulating …

Strengthening the national grid and revamping green energy carriers could reduce electricity bills for homes and businesses, a leading industry group has claimed. National electricity grid operator Eirgrid recently awarded contracts to 80 new projects, with the capacity to supply around half of the Republic’s peak electricity needs, under the Renewable Energy Support Program (RESS) …

The government appears ready to approve a plan for far-reaching changes to the state’s civil justice system. Many reforms, set out in a report by a review group chaired by retired High Court President Peter Kelly, are overdue and will help turn this slow and cumbersome system into a more efficient and accessible one. The …

For the first time in the history of Northern Ireland, an Irish nationalist party wins an election. More so, that party was Sinn Fein – once the political arm of the Provisional IRA, it believes the six counties do not belong in the UK. Speaking to the media after the election, Nicola Sturgeon was quick …

The European Union is preparing options to react if the UK government goes ahead with plans to unilaterally roll back Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit arrangements. Member state ambassadors have called for action to be prepared if London chooses to escalate a row that has plunged close trading partners back into acrimony after months of cooperation over …

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has crafted new legislation to roll back elements of the post-Brexit deal to be implemented by summer unless the European Union moves. Although legislation on unilateral action has already been drawn up by Ms Truss, she told parliament on Tuesday that the “preference remains a negotiated solution with the EU”. Following …

The government is seeking the public’s opinion on the continuation of pay restrictions at Irish banks that were bailed out during the financial crisis, as part of a review of the future of the sector. “Different views exist on this topic, but I think it’s important that the issue be considered as part of the …

Declassified files from the 1970s show that the British government planned to discredit Amnesty International in response to its work investigating the use of torture by British forces in Northern Ireland. An internal Foreign Office memo from December 1971 proposes that the government release details of the “personal history and anti-British bias” of Thomas Hammarberg, …

The situation around the Northern Ireland protocol is “now very serious”, said the Prime Minister. Boris Johnson spoke to Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin on Tuesday about post-Brexit arrangements. In an account of the call by Downing Street, the two leaders agreed on the vital importance of restoring devolved institutions in Northern Ireland as soon …

Ireland’s medicines budget has been falling in recent years as a percentage of overall healthcare spending, according to figures from a variety of sources, including the Health Service Executive. An industry report that looked at official Irish figures as well as those from 14 other EU states found that the state spends slightly less of …

The Taoiseach visited The Irish Times offices last week and sat down for an interview you may have seen over the week. He focused on Northern Ireland, the prospects for a border ballot, his Shared Island initiative – which is likely to be one of his legacies – and he also touched on the shortcomings, …

Sri Lanka’s beleaguered government won a key vote in parliament as a candidate backed by the ruling coalition was elected vice president – despite mounting public pressure amid the worst economic crisis in decades. The vote was seen as crucial in demonstrating the government still has majority support in the 225-member parliament after 40 ruling …

Gary McDonald Editor-in-Chief 03 May 2022 01:00 A PROJECT which was to create 30 new jobs on the Causeway Coast and Glens is suddenly in jeopardy – as government money it was promised has still not been transferred to its account. Community benefit society ‘Grow The Glens’ received £300,000 from the Community Partnership Fund last …

An independent TD has called on the government to treat the problem of overcrowding in hospitals as an emergency, as emergency departments (EDs) across the country continue to break records for the number of patients waiting on carts. Figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization (INMO) released on Saturday showed more than 8,717 patients …

HOUSING MINISTER DARRAGH O’Brien has expressed serious concern as new figures show an increase in the number of homeless people in Ireland. Figures released by the Department of Housing show that in March 9,825 people were homeless. It represents an increase of 3.5% since February. Around 5,000 of these homeless people are single adults, while …

In recent days, there has been a loud and largely enthusiastic response to the European Union’s final agreement on the Digital Services Act (DSA). The DSA is intended to control online content, including social media platforms and video sites. It was touted as a victory for rights and a statement of the EU’s commitment to …

A Turkish court has sentenced prominent civil rights activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala to life in prison without the possibility of parole, finding him guilty of attempting to overthrow the government amid mass anti-government protests in 2013. Kavala (64) had been in prison for 4½ years without conviction and has denied charges against him over …

KPMG has secured millions of pounds in UK government contracts since pledging to temporarily stop bidding for public sector work after being threatened with a ban over its involvement in a series of corporate scandals . The Big Four consultancy has won 22 UK public sector contracts worth £10m (€11.9m) since saying in December it …

Northern Ireland will have to lose more than a million sheep and cattle to meet its new legally binding climate emissions targets, according to an industry-commissioned analysis seen by the Guardian. The large-scale reduction in livestock numbers comes after the jurisdiction’s first-ever climate law was passed, obliging the agricultural sector to achieve net-zero carbon emissions …

A MAJOR development in the way Irish betting companies advertise in the UK is set to see former players and current pundits escape the gambling advert crackdown. Irish companies such as Paddy Power, Sky Bet and Betfair – all part of the Flutter stable – have been told companies like Roy Keane and Peter Crouch …

There is also the threat of Russian influence on the outcome of democratic elections. Ireland mulls possible ban on political party crypto donations On Monday, news hit the wires of the Irish government planning to ban crypto donations from political parties. According to Monday’s report, “new political integrity rules” are being prepared to prevent Russian …

IRISH winter athletes could expect better public funding and better facilities under a new four-year plan from the Olympic Federation of Ireland. Ireland enjoyed some success at the recent Beijing Olympics as a team of six athletes finished in the top 15 three times. 2 Ireland squad could get more funding under new federation 2 …

Irish language organization Conradh na Gaeilge said it walked out of a meeting with a British government minister on Tuesday after he refused to give them a specific date for the introduction of promised legislation guaranteeing the language rights of Irish speakers. Conradh na Gaeilge, who has campaigned for the introduction of an Irish language …

A number of hauliers and truck drivers protesting soaring fuel prices have been fined for obstructing roads in Dublin’s docklands. The protest caused disruption in the east of the city after protesters gathered early Monday morning. Truckers and hauliers protesting against rising fuel prices blocked roads to Dublin Port but caused little disruption to traffic. …

The war in Ukraine is a “stark reminder” that we cannot take democracy and peace for granted, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said in a statement marking the 24th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement on Sunday. In the statement, Mr Martin said the island of Ireland was united in revulsion at Russian aggression against Ukraine and “in …

Hospitals in Sri Lanka will soon be unable to provide even emergency services due to critical shortages of medicines and medical equipment caused by the country’s economic crisis, it has been warned. There are fears of a ‘catastrophic death toll’ if supplies are not replenished. Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis in decades …

Irish citizens are “clearly the most pro-European of all European citizens”, according to the annual Eurobarometer report for Ireland. And, while 71% of people think things are going in the right direction for the country in general, many of us are worried about the rising cost of living, with 44% of us saying this is …

M Over a thousand people have signed an open letter to the UK and Irish governments and the Stormont parties calling for Irish language legislation in Northern Ireland. The letter comes after Secretary of State Brandon Lewis announced last week that a planned cultural package including new legislation around the Irish language will not be …

In the exceptionally sunny village of Baltimore, West Cork, this weekend, two flags fly from the ramparts of the restored 13th-century Norman castle, Dún na Séad. The tricolor in its usual place floating above the square; and now, the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian national flag. It must be some kind of comfort to …

Ministers in the last executive have been accused by business of not doing their jobs properly, leaving ‘great needs’ in all sectors of society. aeve Hunt, president of the Chartered Accountants Ulster Society, called for a new devolved government to be formed as soon as possible after the Assembly election so leadership can be secured. …

sinn fein accused the government of bowing to the banks by allowing them to be preferred creditors in two state-backed housing schemes. The government claims that the equity it will hold in projects will rank behind bank debt, as it does in all other situations. Eoin Burke-Kennedy has the details. Compulsory private pension coverage finally …

DUBLIN — Most Irish citizens want to increase military spending and almost half want to join NATO in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, according to a new poll. The findings of the Red C pollsters, published in Sunday’s Business Post newspaper in Dublin, suggest a dramatic change in public attitudes towards Ireland’s official …

A company promoting Irish property investment under the government’s cash-for-visa scheme has been ordered to pay a former employee €12,400 after failing to pay his salary for four months. He had, however, submitted payslips to the revenue commissioners showing he had paid wages between November 2020 and February 2021, leaving Daoquan Zhang liable for income …

The Biden administration has formally determined that Russian troops committed war crimes in Ukraine and said it would work with others to prosecute offenders. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “Today I can announce that, based on information currently available, the U.S. government believes that members of Russian forces have committed war crimes in Ukraine.” …

The government will today decide whether to formally support the FAI’s involvement in a bid to host the European Football Championships in 2028. Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin and Minister of State Jack Chambers will ask the government to approve issuing a letter of support to the FAI for …

Trócaire calls on the people to call on the Irish government to play its part in ending vaccine injustice by ensuring that the most vulnerable people in developing countries have access to Covid-19 vaccines. March 11, 2022 marks two years since Covid-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. So far, according to …

THE Irish government has had to consider the most appropriate way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day this week in light of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has revealed the government needs to decide ‘what kind of St. Patrick’s Day we should have’ before dozens of ministers set off on trips …

Most school transport companies in the country cannot guarantee the provision of services until June, the Coach Tourism and Transport Council of Ireland has warned. A survey by the body showed that soaring fuel prices could now lead to a reduction in services. The survey offers insight into the crisis affecting the sector. It says …

Boris Johnson has told the Irish Prime Minister that ‘meaningful changes’ are still needed with Northern Ireland’s controversial protocol – after the taoiseach said there was growing opinion it was working. The Prime Minister met Taoiseach Micheál Martin in London where the couple discussed Ukraine and protocol before watching Ireland beat England in the Six …

Billionaires interested in buying Chelsea football club have been urged to approach the UK government with potential takeover proposals, after its current oligarch owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned. Fearing the threat of sanctions, Abramovich, 55, had rushed to sell the club for more than £3billion, sparking interest from British property tycoon Nick Candy, Swiss billionaire …

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed 18 attacks on health facilities in Ukraine so far, Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday. So far, WHO has verified 18 attacks on health facilities, health workers and ambulances, including ten deaths and 16 injuries,” Tedros said in a press briefing. “More than 2 million …

Stena Line, P&O Ferries and Belfast Harbor have joined forces to criticize the government’s Strategic Transport Projects Second Review (STPR2), saying only three of 20 recommended improvements have been implemented. Ferry operators have drawn up a proposal for major improvements to the A75 and A77 after pushing for improvements for decades but have now accused …

People entering Ireland will no longer need a Covid certificate or a passenger locator form as part of major travel rule changes that are being considered. It is understood that this decision is taken by the government with the aim of facilitating the entry into the country of people fleeing Ukraine. The rule requiring Covid …

Figures showing the true cost of rebuilding homes built with faulty blocks that ‘collapsing like Weetabix’ could end the ‘torture’ for thousands of homeowners affected by Ireland’s Mica building scandal, have said activists. They gave a cautious welcome to a government-commissioned report which they say more accurately reflects reconstruction costs. If passed by the government …

A Winnipeg man of Ukrainian descent calls on Ottawa to provide a lifeline for Ukrainians as Russian armed forces continue their devastating attack on the country. Nick Krawetz is calling on the federal government to waive temporary visa requirements for Ukrainians as the destruction and terror of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine nears the six-day mark. …

ALL Russian spies based in Ireland could be expelled from the country in the coming days, the government has said. It comes as Taoiseach Micheal Martin revealed there are no plans to expel Russian Ambassador Yury Filatov from Ireland due to concerns for the safety of Irish people living in Ukraine or Russia. 2 Foreign …

Irish media reports that the country’s healthcare system will need to spend more than $48 million to recover from a widespread ransomware attack by the Conti Group that took place last year. In a letter obtained by TENHealth Service Executive acting chief information officer Fran Thompson said costs associated with the ransomware attack include $14.2 …

From: Clara Swinson Director General Global Health Department of Health and Social Affairs UK For: Muiris O’Connor Assistant secretary R&D and health analytics health department Ireland Exchange of letters in accordance with paragraph 9.2 of the common travel area Protocol of agreement Dear Muiris, I have received your letter of 25 November 2021 regarding the …

The Brexit deal was simple: in exchange for losing the private freedoms to work, learn, trade and move freely in the EU, the government acquired the right to make decisions without the control of the EU. EU. Unsurprisingly, the politicians who made this deal want to show that it was worth it. Jacob Rees-Mogg, the …

A detailed public health plan is needed to ensure the state is fully prepared for future pandemics that are expected to occur every five years, said infectious disease expert Professor Sam McConkey. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit Ireland in 2020, the Irish government dealt with the emergency using a “flu plan”, unlike Asian countries which …

An “anti-establishment” tone that exists on social media influences people’s attitudes toward politicians, an Oireachtas committee has said. Speaking to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Public Petitions on Thursday, Press Ombudsman Peter Feeney said aggressive and misogynistic comments posted online affected the public’s reaction when meeting politicians. “I don’t know a TD or a senator …

Ahead of this weekend’s SDLP conference, Colum Eastwood explains to political correspondent John Manley why he is not troubled by opinion polls and why he will continue to attack political opponents. COLUM Eastwood insists he is not impressed with the results of this week’s Institute of Irish Studies-University of Liverpool/The Irish News opinion poll. It …

Moderna, the US biotech company, is in late-stage government talks to invest in UK research and manufacturing and collaborate with the NHS on clinical trials. The Boston-based startup – which rose to prominence with its Covid-19 mRNA vaccine – is set to accept a major investment, according to people familiar with the matter. If completed, …

A resolution to the issues surrounding the Northern Ireland protocol is unlikely to be found before Stormont Assembly elections in May, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has said. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said “very little progress” was being made in negotiations between the UK government and the EU, describing the likelihood of a …

Liz Truss, Britain’s foreign secretary, is due to make fresh proposals to break the deadlock over post-Brexit trade deals in Northern Ireland on Friday, saying resolving the dispute with the EU was “a top priority”. Truss’ allies have said the two sides want to iron out differences, although Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned this week …

Updated 1 hour ago THE GOVERNMENT yesterday announced a new scheme to make it easier and cheaper for homes to become more energy efficient. The modernization measures covered by the plan can help make bills more affordable in the long run, but they can usually be very expensive in terms of upfront costs. Let’s take …

The price to fill the car is at its highest level since the AA began monitoring petrol and diesel prices regularly in 1991 and is approaching the €2 per liter mark. On the last day of January the average retail price for a liter of petrol was 175.5c and 166.1c for diesel. Two weeks ago …

SuperValu and Centra owner Musgrave, one of the country’s largest employers, met with the government to highlight concerns over labor shortages and its ability to recruit staff from outside the Economic Area European. The lobbying record shows the food retail, wholesale and distribution giant, which has more than 35,000 people working in the business and …

Austria has become the first EU country to make the Covid-19 vaccination compulsory for all adults, but questions remain over whether this may sway those who are skeptical about taking the hit and to what extent the Alpine state government is prepared to pressure those who won’t comply. Austria’s upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, …

More than 3 billion euros in VAT receipts, reflecting the traditionally busy Christmas trading period, boosted state tax receipts in January and cleaned up public finances at the start of the year. The latest Treasury statements published by the Ministry of Finance show that the government collected 6.7 billion euros in taxes last month, up …

The new carbon budget framework, on which the Oireachtas will vote this spring, offers an unprecedented opportunity for public accountability. What can we do in 2022 to make sure the government delivers on its climate action promises? Last year was touted as the year the Irish government finally took climate action seriously. Alongside a much-needed …

(Bloomberg) – The UK is considering the “biggest possible offer” to NATO, including more troops and weapons to Estonia, to help deter any Russian aggression against Ukraine, it said on Saturday evening Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Bloomberg’s Most Read President Joe Biden said on Friday he would send US troops to Eastern Europe as the …

In this An appearance on the Irish Examiner podcast that all but brought down the government, Jack O’Connor’s assessment of Paul Geaney’s role with Kerry last season was far more pointed and informative than the attention it received. O’Connor, typically outspoken, thought employing Geaney as a half-forward was not the optimal use of the 30-year-old’s …

The Taoiseach is due to lay a wreath at the memorial to those killed on Bloody Sunday during a service in Derry to mark the 50th anniversary of the atrocity. Micheál Martin is also expected to meet privately with the families of those killed, according to The Irish Times. Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney is also …

The Australian government acquired the copyright to the Aboriginal flag so it could be used freely, resolving a dispute that had prevented communities from reproducing the image. The Aboriginal flag has been recognized as the official flag of Australia since 1995, flown from government buildings and adopted by sports clubs. After a negotiated agreement with …

A fire broke out at a popular nightclub in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé, causing explosions and killing at least 17 people, government officials said. The tragedy comes as the central African country welcomes thousands of players, supporters and referees from across the continent for the month-long Africa Cup of Nations football tournament. A government statement said …